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Gonzaga post MacLeod transfers to Northeastern

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Calum MacLeod, the 7-foot-1 New Zealander who played only sparingly as a redshirt freshman on Gonzaga University’s men’s basketball team last season, has decided to transfer to Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo.

MacLeod’s decision was confirmed by Bulldogs assistant coach Leon Rice on Thursday afternoon.

“He was staring at the reality of not much playing time again next year,” Rice said of MacLeod, who arrived on the GU campus in January 2004 and redshirted that winter. “We thought (transferring) would be best for him, and he thought it would be best for him, too.”

Neither MacLeod nor Bulldogs head coach Mark Few could be reached for comment.

MacLeod played in nine games last winter as the Bulldogs went 26-5, won another West Coast Conference championship and lost to Texas Tech in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He averaged 1.7 minutes, 0.9 points and 0.2 rebounds per game.

The Zags lost forward Ronny Turiaf, last year’s WCC player of the year, to graduation, but return 6-9 senior center J.P. Batista and 6-9 junior forward Sean Mallon to what promises to be another outstanding front line.

Josh Heytvelt, a 6-11 freshman from Clarkston, is coming off his redshirt year, and Mamery Diallo, a 6-9 junior center from Midland (Texas) Junior College, is part of the Bulldogs’ incoming recruiting class.

At Northeastern, MacLeod will play under Brian Joyce, who also coached former GU shooting guard Tony Skinner. MacLeod’s departure leaves the Zags with one available scholarship.

–Steve Bergum

Football

FSN will televise the Nov. 19 Apple Cup game between Washington State University and the University of Washington in Seattle.

Crew

Gonzaga’s men’s varsity 4+ and freshmen 4+ qualified for today’s semifinals at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships at Cooper River in Camden, N.J.

The Bulldogs’ varsity 4+ finished the 2,000-meter course in 6 minutes, 52.91 seconds to win its heat against Harvard, Wisconsin, Minnesota, UCLA and Dartmouth. The freshmen boat placed second in its heat in 6:57.39, but won its repechage race in 7:13.25 to advance to the semifinals.

Baseball

At Harris Field in Lewiston, Josh Smith pitched 7 1/3 innings and hit a three-run homer as Embry-Riddle (Fla.) defeated host Lewis-Clark State College 5-0 to advance to tonight’s championship game of the NAIA World Series. Embry-Riddle (53-9) will meet Oklahoma City (66-13) at 7 for the title.

The 13-time champion Warriors finished 47-9.

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